UFN: Machida vs. Munoz & Bellator 105 in review, plus Bellator 106 preview

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Lyoto Machida. Pic by SHERDOG.COM -click for source- Credit: Gleidson Venga

The conversion of Bellator 106 from a pay-per-view into a mega Spike fight card has made things more exciting this week so here’s the reviews:

UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz in Review

Main Event: Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz

Prediction: Machida by decision. Result: Machida by strikes. Machida made it clear he’s willing to fight Anderson Silva for the title if necessary.

Co-main Event: Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard

Prediction: Guillard by strikes. Result: No Contest. Things like this occasionally happen in the heat of the moment and it’s unfortunate.

Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo

Prediction: Manuwa by strikes. Result: Same. It’s unfortunate it had to happen by injury but Manuwa got the win and continued his rise.

Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck

Prediction: Tuck by submission. Result: Parke by decision. Parke was able to control the fight and hand Tuck his first career loss.

Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke

Prediction: Sakara by strikes. Result: Musoke by submission. The European fighter upset Sakara on his UFC debut possibly sending him out.

Phil Harris vs. John Lineker

Prediction: Lineker by strikes. Result: Same. Though Lineker won the fight, the win was plagued by Lineker’s missing weight for a third time.

Overall score: 2.5/6; .417 prediction percentage. 0.5 for Machida’s knockout win, 1 for Manuwa’s win and 1 for Lineker’s striking finish.

Bellator 105 in Review

Main Event: Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Ricardo Tirloni

Prediction: Sarnavskiy by submission. Result: Same. As I said Sarnavskiy is a submission specialist and he did exactly that into the finals.

Co-main Event: Saad Awad vs. Will Brooks

Prediction: Awad by submission. Result: Brooks by decision. Brooks got vengeance by learning from his mistakes the first time around.

Siala-Mou “Might Mo” Siliga vs. Ron Sparks

Prediction: Sparks by strikes. Result: Might Mo by submission. To be blunt I don’t think anyone saw this coming from a career kick boxer.

Eugene Fadiora vs. Andreas Spang

Prediction: Fadiora by submission. Result: Spang injured, replaced by Keith Berry. Fadiora by strikes. Fadiora won his Bellator debut, simple.

Overall score: 1.5/4; 0.375 prediction percentage. 1 for Sarnavskiy’s win by submission and 0.5 for Fadiora’s win by strikes and not submission.

Bellator 106 Predictions

Main Event: Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez

Prediction: Chandler by submission. Bellator’s been making exceptions to its’ tournament rule but it will be great and I think Chandler will win.

Co-main Event: Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus

Prediction: Straus by decision. Curran won in their first encounter but that was four years ago and Staus is on a five fight winning streak.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton

Prediction: King Mo by strikes. The fact of the matter is that a spinning back fist normally doesn’t land so Newton got lucky, Mo will look for it.

Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis

Prediction: Riggs by strikes. Rescheduled from Bellator 98 and things haven’t changed. Riggs is experienced but Bronzoulis could win an upset.

Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan

Prediction: Richman by submission. Richman is looking for a rebound after his loss to Frodo Khasbulaev in the season 8 tournament finals.

What do you think of this massive Bellator fight card that was originally going to be a PPV? Leave a comment!


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A native Californian, Matthew Salzer first fell in love with martial arts when he was introduced to wrestling at the age of 11 by his mother. Close to the same time he fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts while living in Japan when he was introduced to PRIDE FC on public Japapese TV. Matthew has experience in wrestling both as a successful athlete, graduating from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences on a partial scholarship and as a coach with high school experience at Orange Lutheran and Villa Park High Schools and at the kids club level with Team TCB and Team Crucifixtion Wrestling Clubs. In addition to success in school and in athletics, Matthew also has experience in the MMA industry, having served with the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association (CAMO) and is an active member on the website. He also recently started writing for the website Funky Monkey MMA with his own column titled Matthew's Corner.